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RE: SVG 1.2 Comment: 4 Flowing text and graphics

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 10:39:48 -0500
Message-ID: <41923644.80200@ocallahan.org>
To: www-svg@w3.org

Ian Hickson wrote:

>all three of which reported that the SVG spec overlaps with 
>the CSS spec here, without it being compatible enough to mean the code 
>would be shared:
>   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-svg/2004May/0019.html
Let me clarify a little: there will certainly be some sharable code 
There will probably be some forked code. I can't say exactly how much in 
either direction until we've done the work. But I believe that SVG's 
standalone layout algorithm description, in comparison to incorporating 
CSS by reference with some modifications, is more likely to lead to 
accidental incompatibilities that will require additional code paths and 
less consistency for authors. The implementation of XHTML in ASV is a 
positive sign but the only way to get a "proof by implementation" of 
compatibility is if the implementation does CSS and SVG perfectly, and 
nobody does.

On a tangent, I still fear that this text vocabulary will become a focus 
of demand from authors for future SVG extensions that will necessarily 
overlap more and more with CSS. Floats, drop caps, relative positioning, 
run-ins, inline-block, padding...


Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
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